China's armed forces urged to improve Party building

08:24, January 04, 2010      

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The Central Military Commission (CMC) has issued a guideline on strengthening the Party building in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) under the new circumstances.

The Party building must be improved by adhering to the fundamental principle of upholding "the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China over the armed forces," according to a CMC statement published Sunday.

It should also be carried out to promote scientific development of the national defence and the army as well as to enable the army to fulfill its mission in the new era, said the document, which was issued with the approval of the CMC's chairman Hu Jintao.

The guideline set down the short-term tasks to be achieved in improving Party building: equipping the Party with creative theories, strengthening intra-Party democracy, training high-quality officers, enhancing construction of grass-root Party organizations, carrying forward the army's fine work style, and improving its anti-corruption mechanism.

The Party building should be enhanced to provide ideological and organizational guarantee for the army's modernization drive and get it well prepared for battles, the document said.

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